The Promise Effect: Monday, Week 5

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." James 5:16

In this intriguing verse, James makes a direct connection between confession and healing. Many of us are comfortable confessing our sins to God, but confessing our sins to another human being requires vulnerability. In the act of confession we expose our imperfections, our faults, and our humanity to another person. It takes courage to confess. But there is something liberating in that act. In that moment of public confession we trust God that it’s okay not to be perfect. 

Religious folk especially struggle with the need to be perfect. We like to act as if we have our lives together, especially among our friends at church. I think vulnerability is hard for most Christians. Participation and acceptance at our churches often depends on our ability to “act Christian,” to project a certain image. But that’s not the biblical approach. “Confess your sins,” says James. Find safe relationships where you can be vulnerable and begin to heal.


Think through the “frozen” relationships in your life, the situations that need “thawing.” Is there a situation in which you can be the first to say sorry, the first to give an unrequested gift, the first to display vulnerability? Mull it over, pray about it, muster your courage, and take a chance on vulnerability. (The Promise Effect, p. 180)


Lord, teach me how to say, "I’m sorry.”

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